We reported days ago that the Al-powered Mayflower robotic ship, in an obvious retrace of the 1620 voyage, in commemoration of its 400th anniversary.
The artificial intelligence- powered machine, the Mayflower Autonomous ship like its older 1620 namesake appears to be having some issues of its own.
As a result of a mechanical problem, the 15-meter sleek robotic Trimaran had to return to England to get the glitch sorted.
According to ProMare, the marine research non-profit organization who together with IBM to develop the robotic ship, the reason they are returning mayflower to base was premised on the decision “to investigate and then fix a minor mechanical issue” it developed but added that the machine will be back on the trans-Atlantic voyage as soon as it possible.
It is understandable that the repairs would definitely not be done on the sea as it’s a robotic controlled ship has no human onboard who could make the repairs in current voyage and thus has to be reverted back to base
It would be recalled that the 50-foot Mayflower ship whose planned total time trip should be three weeks, departed Plymouth, England on Tuesday and took some time to ply the Isles of Scilly before it voyaged into deeper waters, in a retrace of the trip of its senior namesake over 400 years ago.
The trip, if successful would unarguable be the largest non-human vessel to cross the Atlantic.
The 3 week span of the trip, which was meant to take it to Provincetown on Cape Cod before heading to Massachusetts, has a historical precedence for its glitch. The Senior Mayflower was intended to round up its sail in the summer of 1620 developed a leaking problem and had to turn back twice to England before it was fixed and successfully sailed in the third try.
We hope Primare and IBM would get the technical issue solved as soon as possible for the chart-breaking expedition to continue!